Happy Spring Holidays everyone! I hope the sun is shining wherever you are :) We've actually been in the 60's here the past few days and I'm loving it. (And, yes, I used to think the 60's was cold...before I moved here.) Today, with lots of people hiding eggs (and hopefully finding them all!), dying eggs, and all that other fun stuff, I thought we'd talk a little about eggs.
Actually, to be honest, I just wanted to share some pictures of amazing pictures of carved eggs. Because I think that's nifty :) So, eggs: the shells are made up of calcium carbonate (CaCO3) and are actually quite durable. And they can be dissolved in vinegar--which I'm sure I'll probably do with my kids someday! Random facts you may not know about eggs:
- It takes a chicken about 20 hours to form the egg shell before she lays it.
- If you scare a chicken, it may lay said egg before the shell is fully formed (ask me how I know this!).
- When laid, an egg isn't hard completely, and if it lands on an odd surface, it can harden in an odd shape.
- The inside of an egg is sterile. The outside: not so much. Hence, why you shouldn't eat raw eggs.
- You can find eggs with multiple yolks (or the yellow part) of an egg. Occasionally you can even get two, or Siamese chicks. (Also, ask me how I know!)
- If an egg has gone bad, it will float. Don't eat these!
- Eggs come in a wide variety of colors. My personal favorite is the dark green of emu eggs. Bonus: male emu sit on the eggs. (Remind me to post about my hazardous email story sometime...)
- It is possible to hollow out an egg by poking small holes at either end and blowing out the yolk and albumin. Trying this with emu eggs is a lot harder than it might seem though :)
*This is what growing up on a farm does to you. Just in case you're wondering.
What I personally think is amazing is when people carve eggshells into such intricate forms. A few of my favorite examples:
|Because I couldn't resist... :)|